Full U.S. Mandarin immersion school list
Updated January 14, 2017
Updated with Washington D.C.’s DC International School, the middle and high school feeder from Washington YuYing. The school is currently up to 9th grade and will eventually include both middle school and high school. It includes students from five Washington D.C. charter immersion schools: Washington Yu Ying, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom, Mundo Verde, Latin American Montessori Bilingual, and DC Bilingual. When the school reaches capacity enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year, there will be approximately 1,000 – 1,400 students in grades 6-12.
Click the link below to open the full Mandarin Immersion School list:
As always, please tell me if you know of a school that’s not listed here and should be, or one whose listing contains errors. I strive to keep the list as up-to-date as possible but don’t always hear about new schools or changes.
Please note that the list doesn’t include preschools, only elementary, middle and high schools.
Also, I use the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) definition of immersion. This is that at least 50% of the day in elementary school is taught in Mandarin and that academic subjects are taught in Mandarin, not simply that Mandarin is taught.
Note that the 50% rule only applies to K-5 schools. For middle and high school programs, they simply need to be continuations of an elementary school immersion program. Most offer one or two classes per day or Mandarin immersion students, so typically 20% or 30% of the day taught in Mandarin.
I’m also happy to hear about Cantonese immersion programs as I keep a list of those on the second tab on the spread sheet.
Clicking on the link above will open an Excel spread sheet containing all the Mandarin immersion K – 12 schools I’ve been able to find in the United States and Internationally.
Note that in the column listing grades offered, 0 = Kindergarten. That way it’s easier to sort by grade, Excel didn’t know what to do with K’s. So 0 – 5 means the school offers immersion in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
The first page is U.S. schools. Click on the International tab at the bottom of the Excel spreadsheet to see the schools outside of the U.S. I’ve been able to find. And if you know of a school outside of the United States that’s not on the list, please send me a note. I’m trying to keep the international list up to date but it’s harder.
Elizabeth Weise, Mandarin Immersion Parents Council
weise (at) well (dot) com
If your schools is not listed, or is listed incorrectly, please refer to the list of questions below. Answer as many of them as you can and email to me and I’ll update the list. If you don’t know all the answers, don’t worry. We’d rather list a school even with a few boxes empty!
School District name
Grades at school
Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool)
Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English.
Whole school or strand within a school?
Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]
Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade.
One-way or two-way immersion?
Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)
Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium?